ON VIEW NOW
Opening reception: January 17, 2020 from 5-8pm
An exploration of alternate and real-life hard to believe realities.
[Hand-Rudy] Natascha Seideneck and Regan Rosburg
[Polly Addison] Michael Theodore
[MacMillan] Annette Isham
[McMahon] TECHNE Lab with Déesse, Jon J. Satrom, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Melanie Clemmons, Ryan Wurst, Rick Silva, Nicholas O’Brien and Mariana Pereira Vieira
Co-curated by Drew Austin and Mark Amerika, Brutal Realities exposes how contemporary artists confront their shifting nature of reality in digitally mediated culture. This manifests through various artistic mediums but focuses on artists working in the field of new media art. Presented primarily through video, sound, animation, photography, performance, and digital manipulation, the exhibition features artists who have shown their work nationally and internationally, all of whom have developed their work while living in Colorado.
Each artist in the exhibition brings their unique style of manipulating data to form a different approach toward the precarious cultural and political situation we find ourselves in. Some of the artists choose to use humor and post-internet parody to send a direct message, while others use abstraction, movement, and color to evoke an emotion or line of inquiry. Throughout the exhibition, viewers get critical insights into a world mediated through technology. Brutal Realities invites you to question the world around you and rethink what it means to be alive at a time of global climate crisis, cross-generational existential angst, and information overload.
OPENING RECEPTION & PERFORMANCE:
Brutal Realities will open on Friday, Jan. 17th at 5:00pm. At 6:00pm a brief introduction and discussion of the works on view will be made.The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.
A special live audio/visual performance from exhibiting and visiting artists will be presented in the Carsen Theater from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Click here for more information and to register.
Rosburg works in a variety of materials to blur the boundary between nature and culture. She is known for her increasingly complex 3D resin work that contains plant and animal relics, bones, insects, lace and painted imagery. Recently she has expanded into making installations, as well as recycled plastic and virgin plastic sculptures. She is currently working towards using more biological and temporary materials, including coffee-based photographic printing, algae, moss, and ice.
Currently, Regan Rosburg is an artist in residence at Redline (Denver, CO), as well as the S*Park Visiting Artist for 2019/2020. She is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colorado.
creates dynamic fields of color, light, and sound in a large variety of mediums. Theodore’s works of interactive kinetic installation, sound, music, light, and moving images have been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, and China.
Theodore holds faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, Boulder with the College of Music (music composition and technology), the Department of Art and Art History (by courtesy), and is Director of the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Arts, and Performance, a venue for experimental media created with technology. Theodore received degrees from Amherst College, Yale (MM), and UCSD (Ph.D.).
She was the recipient of a Yaddo residency, honored with the Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant, and nominated in 2015 for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. In 2017 she performed at the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center. Several publications have written about her work, including Art in America, and she was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She has exhibited her work in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
In 2019 Clemmons had a solo exhibition at the University of Dayton’s Radial Gallery titled VIRTUAL HEALING & PROTECTION FOR/FROM THE SICK INTERNET that considers how the internet and new media technologies have the capability to both harm and heal. She showed her work in a special exhibition at The Other Art Fair – Dallas presented by Saatchi Art, where she also curated SMU student work and was recognized as a highlighted artist by Hypebeast, was interviewed by Sometimes Gallery for her piece on surveillance capitalism and developed and performed a body of work titled SUPER CURE, which engages with the archetype of the witch as a queer, feminist voice necessary as an alternative to the patriarchy’s insistence on a positivist world view.
She has completed a digital artist residency at Welcome to My Homepage, and her work has been shown at HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland; CICA Museum Gyeonggi, Korea, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland; UPFOR Digital, Portland; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; TRANSFER Gallery, Brooklyn; Denver Digerati; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin; Ex Ovo, Dallas; and many other DIY spaces and venues.
Mariana Vieira was born in Brazil and grew up in Central America. She relocated to Colorado in 2006 and has called the Rocky Mountain state home since then. Mariana has been featured in exhibitions at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, among others. She currently works at the University of Colorado.